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01-05-2013, 09:41 PM
Sergei Shirokov
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Originally Posted by Bourne Endeavor View Post
I'm bored, it's Saturday and I ought to play Skyrim but first! Time for some out of the box thinking. Assume the following:

- Cap is settled somewhere between $65-67 million.
- We have a half season; 48 games

Cory Schneider

Jake Gardiner
Joffrey Lupul
Conditional 1st 2014 (Based on if Lupul signs; defaults to a lesser pick or removed entirely if he stays)

Keith Ballard
Low pick

Fran Nielsen

Whether in the off season or in an immediate subsequent trade, Gardiner is flipped to acquire some of the following:

Edmonton: Hemsky+
Chicago: Any slew of their promising forward prospects
Philadelphia: Voracek
Detroit: Franzen+
Anaheim: Ryan (Doubt it under the circumstances)

The theory here we use a buyout on Booth, replacing him with the aforementioned, who better address our lack of size or playmaking on Kesler's wing. In addition, Gardiner gives us insurance should Edler or Lupul walk, neither I believe would. All this gives us a potential 2013 roster of:

Evidently, the cap needs to be a little high but we could forgo the Nielsen trade, dump or buyout Ballard and roll Schroeder on that line, pushing us noteworthy under $65 million. If Lupul did walk, we simply retain Booth and the rest stays the same. Toronto gets their goalie and we address more or less all our needs. Admittedly, the third pairing is a bit spotty but we have managed with less.

Not a big fan of trading Schneider since it's pretty clear Luongo should be the one going.

And honestly I doubt the Leafs accept, and even if they did I wouldn't trade Gardiner for Hemsky+ or a few prospects fromt he Hawks, I would do Voracek for Gardiner though if they would (Which is a unlikely IMO) and we would have to add more to get Ryan, probably Kassian and something else honestly, so it's a nice thought but unlikely IMO.

The Islanders trade is decent aslong as we can get a defensemen to replace Ballard, you also wonder if NYI would accept the deal. Nielsen has been a really good player for them.

I also don't see a point of buying out Booth, if we are going to buy out someone it should be Ballard as I think Booth has a bit more value ina trade at this point.

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